Originally Posted by ShinyShoe
Its a bit like a car - my Dad's car does 10k a year. Is washed once a week and waxed once a month. Hoovered once a month. Serviced religiously to the service schedule. Mine does 20k, the inside looks like a moving rubbish bin, on the outside I'm testing to see if never washing road salt and grime off will act like an additional layer of paint and provided I service it within about 7k of when the service due warning light came on things are pretty much normal for me... Who's do you think will last longer? My Dad's may last more years but will mine do more miles? But if I treated mine like my Dad's would it last as many years...
Interesting analogy. Think I'll buy your dad's car instead.
I'd expect to see a Zodiac achieve 20 years+. I've a 1986 Zodiac MKIIC GT that's still going strong, but is no longer in use. The seams under the rowlocks failed, but I have since repaired. The end cones went too. Again, another repair. Lost count how many times I repaired the pennant on the bow or re-varnished the oars. The inflatable keel failed, again not a big repair.
The lifespan of the boat will very much depend on how it's being used, and how often. Keeping the boat at the right operating pressure stresses the material over time, as does increases in temperature and UV light.
I'm sure deflating and rolling up stresses transom points, etc. When I used to pack the Zodiac away I found large quantities of sand under the aluminium floorboards from our regular trips to the beach. Over time it's abrasive and works into the seams. There is an argument for removing the floor and getting it clean occasionally.
Enjoy it and use it. If it breaks, then simply fix it.